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Friday, July 24, 2009

Come To South Africa, But Please Go Home Again

Serious stories only, today, I'm afraid.

There is a very real concern that the 2010 World Cup in South Africa will become a magnet for Africans looking to escape the troubles and economic hardship of their own countries.

With up to 5 million illegal immigrants among a 45 million population, this is already a serious problem for the country and is one that needs to be addressed in the run up to the World Cup Finals.

Because South Africa have relaxed their usual immigration and visa requirements in order to attract as many football fans as possible, this could make it easier for people to enter the country and disappear among the immigrant community.

The whole issue is discussed here in an AP news release and is, of course, complete with comments like "They come here and take jobs...They will agree to a salary that South Africans will never agree to."

Some things, sadly, never change.



posted by mark_s at 11:58 AM


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